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Critical thinking, problem-solving strategies and individual development assessment among NEETs – research conducted in Slovakia, Poland and Estonia

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The paper presents the initial results of research into the individual conditions of the psychosocial functioning of NEETs in the educational context. The study was performed between May and September 2017 in Slovakia, Poland and Estonia, by means of a triangulation of quantitative tools. The general objective of the study is to diagnose the level of critical thinking (Cornell Critical Thinking), reasoning (T.I.P.), problem-solving strategies (NCS) and individual development assessment (IDEA) in a group of NEETs, and to compare these variables with one another and with socio-demographic characteristics. Based on an initial analysis of the results (100 individuals from each country were invited to participate in the survey; 235 questionnaires were gathered), we can see that the group analysed presents a relatively high level of critical thinking and reasoning (intelligence indicator) and an average level of problem-solving attitude. Breaking stereotypes about NEETs, the study fits into the critical paradigm of andragogical research. The results served as the foundation for a series of postulates regarding educational programmes based on andragogical assumptions.
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Keywords: Estonia; NEET; Poland; Slovakia; critical thinking; individual development assessment; intelligence; problem solving strategies

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of social pedagogy and andragogy, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie, Krakow, Poland 2: Department of andragogy, Univerzita Mateja Bela Pedagogicka fakulta, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Publication date: November 2, 2018

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